Decide to Be Kind and follow these guidelines EVERY weekend!

The guidelines are simple. Spectators are to be quiet, talking in a normal tone to the person next to them. What is to be avoided are comments that can be heard by players, referees or opponents. Applause is permitted and encouraged.


Teaching Kids To Be "Good Sports"

By Dr. Darrell J. Burnett

"Sports do not build character. They reveal it." - Heywood Hale Brown

 Youth Sports: The Last Vestige of Sportsmanship

We're living in an age where the preservation of traditional values can no longer be taken for granted. It seems we need to have reminders (books, movies, newspaper articles, etc.) to maintain our awareness of the importance of preserving the basic human values which are essential to the survival of a community.

It's no different in the world of sports. The traditional value of sportsmanship is being challenged from all sides: professional, college, high school, and even in youth sports. There are some who say sportsmanship is becoming a lost art and that unless we remind ourselves of the essentials of sportsmanship and strive to maintain the basics of sportsmanship it will gradually fade as other values have done in our society.

In the midst of all this, it seems doubly important that we recommit ourselves to guiding our youth, reminding them what sportsmanship is all about, rewarding them for showing good sportsmanship and showing, by our example, that sportsmanship is still alive and valued in youth sports today.

Here's a 10-item checklist for kids to follow as they try to develop a habit of good sportsmanship. Read more..

Ten Ways to Be a Good Sport

Here are some ways that you can show others what good sportsmanship is all about:

  1. Be polite to everyone you're playing with and against. No trash talk--which means saying means things while you're in the middle of a game.

  2. Don't show off. Just play your best. If you're good, people will notice.

  3. Tell your opponents "good game!" whether you've won or you've lost.

  4. Learn the rules of the game. Show up for practices and games on time--even if you're the star of the team.

  5. Listen to your coaches and follow their directions about playing.

  6. Don't argue with an official if you don't agree with his or her call. If you don't understand a certain call, wait until after the game to ask your coach or the official to explain it to you.

  7. Don't make up excuses or blame a teammate when you lose. Try to learn from what happened.

  8. Be willing to sit out so other team members can get in the game - even if you think you're a better player.

  9. Play fair and don't cheat.

  10. Cheer for your teammates even if the score is 1,000 to 1! You could inspire a big comeback!